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Dazzlers dream for success at Nationals

By Lexi Burch and Bryce Romig

Disney World is where ‘dreams come true’ and the Dazzlers are hoping for their dreams to come true when they travel there this Wednesday to compete in UDA Nationals.

After winning eleven consecutive national titles and double titling last season, expectations will be high when the Dazzlers arrive in Orlando.

“For me to win my fourth national title would be amazing,” said junior Courtney Crombie. “Most people work four years to get those four titles, and to get it as a junior would be such an awesome accomplishment.”

Sophomore Coral Portman said that they have been preparing for this years nationals even before they won last year. The Dazzlers devote all their time and breath to the sport.

“We train every week with a personal trainer and we practice hours daily,” said Portman. “We have competitions almost every weekend to prepare for the pressures of nationals.”

For the senior Dazzlers this will be their last time performing on the black mat. They say that the feeling of it being over is very bittersweet.

“Knowing this is my last time at nationals is hard to believe,” said senior Kimberly Humphries. “Saying goodbye to my team will be one of the hardest things I will ever do.”

UDA Nationals is not all stress and sweat. The girls said spending the weekend in sunny Florida, in the exciting Disney World is one of the best times throughout the season.

“The most exciting part about Nationals is being out on the floor with the rest of my teammates and just knowing that we’re about to kill it.” said Crombie. “The idea that everyone in the building is watching you and only you, is a feeling I can’t even describe. We go on autopilot when we’re out there competing and everything just happens.”

Winning Nationals for any team would be exciting but for the Dazzlers it is carrying on a legacy. This team and past teams have made it possible for the Dazzlers to have a consecutive winning streak.

“It would mean everything to win,” said Sophomore Taylor Neagle. “We work so hard each year to bring home another title. Carrying on the legacy of teams before us would mean so much to current team and past teams.”

As Wednesday draws near the hearts of the Dazzlers are racing and the butterflies in their stomachs are fluttering. The memories of winning reenter their minds.

“The feeling of winning is like a ten thousand pound weight has being lifted off your shoulders,” said Crombie. “It is crazy how much pressure is on us to keep an amazing legacy going, and when we win all the hard moments and struggles are beyond worth it.”

FC speech team host third annual Highlander Howl

By Lexi Burch

This weekend FC’s speech and debate team will host its third annual Highlander Howl speech tournament. There will be over ten schools and 150 students participating.

“It is a chance to showcase our school to other teams around the state and bring attention to speech and debate at our school,” said speech coach Wallace Austin.

FC has been hosting this tournament for the past two years and it has been growing each year.

“It’s gotten a whole lot bigger this year year than it was last year,” said junior Sarah Henry. “We have over 150 students participating from all over the state.”

The tournament is a large scale competition with lots of teams, students, and over 50 adult coaches and judges. Putting together a tournament like this takes a lot of time and effort.

“With over 190 competitors it’s very important to be organized in advance and make sure everything goes smoothly during the tournament,” said Austin. “This is our third yeah, so that helps. This is not our first rodeo.”

This tournament is open to the public but students must be accompanied by an adult. The meet begins at 8:30 a.m. and awards are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. The Highlander speeh team would love to have as much support as they can get.

“People can watch different events and see for themselves if they would like to participate,” said Austin.

Finals tips dispensed

By: Lexi Burch

As the semester comes to a close it is not time to tap the breaks, it is time to put the pedal to the metal.

Step 1: Prioritize

Physical Education A+, Geometry C-. The obvious subject someone would focus most on is Geometry. Prioritizing can be key in a successful semester grade. Focus on those ‘struggling’ classes, the classes that need that extra step.

“I cheer and take advanced classes,” said junior Blayne Miles. “Cheer is demanding but I always make sure school comes first.”

School should be a number one priority especially as the year comes to a close.

“Students that are involved in many things need to have great time management skills,” said counselor Mark Clark. “Students need to realize that school is ticket to their future, therefore, school work and studies need to remain the most important focus.”

Be sure to focus on all courses involved in but prioritize those that need the extra attention.

Step 2: Do not procrastinate

It is the Devil in disguise; procrastination can creep up on anyone. In fact it has probably creeped up on just about everyone. The way someone tackles procrastination will make or break them as the year winds down.

“[The worst thing about procrastination] the sleep I lose when I do the project the night before it’s due,” said sophomore Clayton Crum.

When that magazine sounds better than an English paper or Twitter seems more interesting than The Great Gatsby, it is not. Stays focused and get things done in a timely manner it will make the grades go up.

Step 3: Get help

Getting help from teachers may make someone shiver with fear. A big scary teacher and alone with just them sounds intimidating but it is the best way to get a complete understanding of a lesson. Teachers are here to help students succeed, take advantage of them.

“Teachers will definitely help if you ask,” said English teacher Wallace Austin. “We will get busy at the end of the semester, so don’t wait until the last second.”

Ask a teacher if they have a few minutes after class or even after school. Being brave could be the difference from passing a failing.

Step 4: Study

It is something everyone dreads, studying. Is there really even a right way to study? There is, the way that works best and shows the most improvement. The way everyone studies varies but as long as studying going on it is going to help improve grades.

“I like to study in my room while I listen to music,” said junior Eli Marion.

The best way to study is to make sure the studied subject is easy to focus on. Study in quiet places where there are not a lot of people that would bother the study session. Like the school library, your room, or basement. Make sure it is quiet with not a lot of distractions that could make someone get off topic. Stay away from televisions and computers. Make sure to focus and take in as much information as possible to get the best results.

Most people think because a vacation is coming, that it is already here. Do not do that; do not forget that these days are probably some of the hardest parts of the year. Teachers are going to try to squeeze as much in as they can and do not forget about those icky finals. So do not slow down, if anything speed up. Study, don’t procrastinate, ask for help, prioritize classes and it will be a successful semester.

Inexperienced basketball team prepares for season

By Lexi Burch

The sound of squeaky shoes cling to the floor,  as a young new team comes together to represent FC basketball.

Returning junior Zane Nichols said he is very excited for a new season and all the opportunities it brings.

“I am the most excited for the New Albany game because it is the biggest rival game of the year.”

This year’s team has a lot of young new players one of which is junior Chad Zoll.

“This is my first year on Floyd’s team,” said Zoll. “I’m both nervous and excited for this season.”

Nichols said the team is working hard to rebuild from the loss of the previous year’s seniors.

“We’re focusing on what our team’s strengths are so we can take advantage of them each game,” said Nichols.

The team is excited to work hard to represent the school and give fans something good to see out on the court.

“I can’t wait to bond and become close with this year’s team,” said Nichols. “It’s going to be a great season.”

Theater director prepares for fall show

By Lexi Burch

As theater director Robbie Steiner wraps up his first play, “Miracle Worker,” he is not wasting any time with firing out a second show, “Music Man.”

Theater director Robbie Steiner

“[On choosing ‘Music Man’] I wanted to choose a family musical that would involve lots of high school, middle school, and elementary students,” said Steiner. “It has been a long time since we have done ‘Music Man’ and I thought the community would enjoy seeing this old classic revived.”

Steiner said he is very excited for this show, mostly to watch the growth of his cast.

“The most thrilling thing about being a teacher for me is watching my students develop their talents and discover what they can do together,” said Steiner.

Another person who is excited for this show is sophomore Bonnie Hopkins.

“I am excited for everything,” said Hopkins. “Putting a show together is very stressful but it is the kind of stress that only makes you want to better.”

Theater may seem like all fun and play, but Steiner said the cast is working very hard to make this show great.

“The cast is currently attending lost of rehearsals and working hard to memorize lines, choreography, blocking, and to develop their characters,” he said.

Hopkins, being a part of the cast, said Steiner is putting them to the test. They are all working hard everyday.

“Because the show is a musical, I am working on my harmonies in the music because when I see professional show it’s one of the things I notice the most,” said Hopkins.

“Music Man” is a show in progress and will be coming to FC’s stage during the first two weekends in November.

“Reservations can be made by calling our box office at 812-542-2284,” said Steiner. “Ticket prices are $12 for adults $10 for senior citizens, and $6 for students.”